Transformations in hydropower efficiency are move suddenly into the digital area to meet rising energy demands. Digitisation innovations are changing the way in which hydropower plants will be operated and maintained in the future.
The trend towards improving digitisation in hydropower through its knowledge-building programme is closely observe by IHA. According to the International Hydropower Association (IHA), by 2030, over half of the world’s hydropower plants are expected to need upgrade and modernisation or have already been renovated.
Last month in Addis Ababa, at a meeting of the African Union’s Specialised Technical Committee on Communication and ICT Ministers concluded that “digitisation is the appreciable moment for Africa to operate the fundamental changes of the world in the 21st century, if wisely harnessed and mainstreamed”.
In the digitization of hydropower sector, control systems and surrounding networks is a developing industry trend towards optimizing asset management and performance. The total outcome will be an increase in output, reduction in costs and expansion of hydropower abilities.
Equipment manufacturers are holding digitization to widen their scope of services. Digital control systems and software can play a key role in enhancing decision-making and supporting hydro operations to work more effectively with other renewable technologies.
Electric utilities will spend $90 billion executing digital technologies, by 2020. The digital innovation of hydro-power is a wide trend with the potential to positive impact power networks around the world.
The first power generation technology is investing in the digital revolution of the twenty-first century. The global outstretch of legacy hydro-power infrastructure and a century of operating experience have put hydro-power to enlarge its condemnatory role in digitally innovative power networks of the future. As expected, powered by new hydro-power transformations such as digital technologies, the International Energy Agency (IEA) expects hydro-power output to double by 2050.